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Fluminense fc logo.svg
Full name Fluminense Football Club
Nickname(s) Flu
Guerreiros (Warriors)
Tricolor Carioca (Carioca Tri-color)
Founded July 21, 1902; 112 years ago (1902-07-21)
Stadium Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
President Peter Siemsen
Head coach Ricardo Drubscky
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Carioca
Brasileirão, 6th
Cariocão, 3rd
Website Club home page

Fluminense Football Club (Brazilian Portuguese: [flumiˈnẽsi ˈfu̇t-ˌbȯl ˈkləb]), commonly known as Fluminense, is a Brazilian professional football club based in Laranjeiras, Rio de Janeiro. It plays in the Campeonato Carioca,[nb 1] the state of Rio de Janeiro's premier state league, as well as in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A,[nb 2] the top tier of the Brazilian football league system.

The club was founded on July 21, 1902 by the sons of Carioca aristocrats, being led by Oscar Cox, a Brazilian sportsman, in the bairro of Flamengo, a direct contrast between the aristocratic founders and the modest ground it was founded on. Cox was elected as the club's first president.

Fluminense is a demonym for people who reside in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Although football is the club's original endeavor, the club is today an umbrella organization for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities.

Fluminense's home kit is maroon-and-green vertical striped shirts, with white shorts, accompanied by white socks; this combination has been used since 1920. Adidas are the kit manufacturers.

Fluminense play their home games at the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, better known as the Maracanã, which currently holds up to 78,838 spectators.

Fluminense holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably against Botafogo, Flamengo, and Vasco da Gama. It has contributed the fifth-most players to Brazil's national football team.


Oscar Cox, founder of Fluminense.
The team that won its first Campeonato Carioca, in 1906.
Laranjeiras Stadium, the Brazilian national team's first ground.
The Fluminense team in 1908, posing with the trophies won.

Fluminense Football Club was founded on July 21, 1902 in Rio de Janeiro by Oscar Cox, a Brazilian of English heritage.[1] in the then aristocratic neighborhood of Laranjeiras.[2] Fluminense was formed by sons of the elite who had come into contact with football while studying in Europe.[3]

The first official match was played against now defunct Rio FC, and ended 8–0 to Fluminense.[1] The club's first title came in 1906, when Fluminense won the Campeonato Carioca.[1]

In 1911, disagreement between Fluminense players led to the formation of Flamengo's football team.[1] The so-called Fla-Flu derby is considered one of the biggest in the history of Brazilian football.[4] Three years later, in Fluminense's stadium, the Brazilian national football team debuted, against touring English club Exeter City[1] It was also there that they won their first title, in the 1919.[5]

Preguinho, a Fluminense notable player.

By 1924, Fluminense had 4,000 members, a stadium for 25,000 people, and facilities that impressed clubs in Europe.,[6]

In an unfortunate event in 1914, Carlos Alberto, a mulatto playing for Fluminense, decided to cover himself in face powder to disguise the color of his skin. This ultimately led to one of the club's nicknames, pó de arroz, which is the Portuguese for 'white powder'.[7][8] After 1925, Fluminense began pressuring for the professionalization of football,[9] but it was not until the 1950s that the club started to accept black players in its squad,[7] however, in 1945 they hired a black coach, Gentil Cardoso.

The following years saw an expansion of the club's hegemony in Rio. Fluminense would remain unsurpassed in terms of state championships until 2009.[10] International acclaim came in 1949 with the awarding of the Olympic Cup, and was further fostered in 1952 with Fluminense's first intercontinental honor, the Copa Rio.[1][11] The club established itself regionally with victory in two Torneio Rio-São Paulo cups in 1957 and 1960.[1] National honors followed in 1970, 1984, 2010 and 2012 with Taça de Prata and Série A cups, respectively.,[1] also taking the Cup in Brazil in 2007.

From the 1950s, with the creation of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament, the forerunner of what eventually would become the national championship, Fluminense established itself regionally by winning the tournament title in the years of 1957 and 1960.

From the 1960s, the first national championships began to be played in Brazil. Fluminense's first national title came in 1970, in that time, Brazil had the best players in world football, and all of them played in Brazilians clubs. Although not counted in its squad with the main players of the season in Brazil, Fluminense won the Brazilian champion surpassing the great strengths of the time in Santos, Palmeiras and Cruzeiro.

In the 1970s, Fluminense signed up several famous players like Roberto Rivellino. This time, called as "maquina tricolor", it won the state championship in the years of 1975 and 1976. In the national championship, Fluminense lost in the semifinal matches to Internacional in 1975 and Corinthians in 1976.

Fluminense again became the Brazilian champion in 1984. This time, they won the state Championship in the years of 1983, 1984 and 1985 with players like Romerito, Ricardo Gomes, Deley, and the "Casal Vinte": Assis and Washington.

At the end of the 1980s, Copa do Brasil was created, inspired by the Cups tournament played in European countries. Fluminense reached the final of the Copa do Brasil for the first time in 1992, losing the final match to Internacional de Porto Alegre.

Stained glass windows in Fluminense's headquarters

A disastrous campaign led to the club's relegation from Série A in 1996. A set of off-field political maneuvers (cheats), however, not performed by Fluminense, allowed Fluminense to remain in Brazil's top domestic league,[12] only to be relegated the next year.[13] Completely out of control, the club was relegated from Série B to Série C in 1998.[14] In 1999, Fluminense won the Série C championship and was to be promoted to Série B when it was invited to take part in Copa João Havelange,[15] a championship that replaced the traditional Série A in 2000. In 2001, it was decided that all clubs which took part in Copa João Havelange's so-called Blue Group should be kept in Série A,[16]

In 2002, 2005 and 2012, Fluminense won again the Campeonato Carioca. In 2005 Fluminense reached the final of the Copa do Brasil again, having lost the final match to Paulista Futebol Clube.

In 2007, Fluminense won the Copa do Brasil, after beating Figueirense in the final match, and was admitted in the Copa Libertadores again after 23 years.[1][17] The club's campaign led it into the finals and included remarkable matches against Arsenal de Sarandí, São Paulo and Boca Juniors.[18][19][20] Fluminense lost the cup to LDU Quito in a penalty shootout.[21]

After signing up 27 players and going through 5 different managers in 2009, Fluminense found itself struggling to avoid another relegation from Série A.[22] With less than one-third of the championship left, the mathematical probability of the club's relegation was of 98%.[23] At this point, manager Cuca decided to sack some of the more experienced players and gave Fluminense's youngsters a chance.[24] That, along with Fred's recovery from a serious injury and substantial support from the fans, allowed not only a sensational escape from relegation, but also placed Fluminense in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.[25][26] For the second year in a row, the club contested a continental cup. In a repeat of the previous year's Copa Libertadores, Fluminense lost the cup to LDU Quito.[27]

The Flu players before playing the 2008 Copa Libertadores final match.

In 2010, Fluminense won the Brazilian championship for the third time in its history, marking their third national championship after 1970 and 1984). It was also the fourth title for coach Muricy Ramalho in a decade: Ramalho had won the title three times in a row with São Paulo from 2006 to 2008. Darío Conca was named the Brazilian Championship's Player of Season, while Fred and Washington were decisive players in Fluminense's winning campaign.

On May 23, 2012, Fluminense lost the semifinal qualification match to Boca Juniors from Argentina, for the continental club football cup, Copa Libertadores.[28] Later that year, on November 11, they won their fourth Brazilian championship after defeating the near-relegated Palmeiras 3–2.[29] Fluminense won the Série A for the fourth time on November 11, 2012.[30]

In December 2013, a tie with Bahia in the last round of the 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A had Fluminense mathematically relegated to the Série B. However, an irregular lineup by Portuguesa in the match against Grêmio in the previous round, which included midfielder Héverton, suspended for the affair, caused the Sâo Paulo side to lose 4 points after a trial in STJD (Brazil's governing football jury). That allowed Fluminense to stay in Série A, with Portuguesa being relegated instead. The move was widely criticized by fans and reporters alike, mainly because it marked the second time in 15 years that Fluminense was relegated but did not play the following year's Série B due to a legal decision.


Fluminense has taken part in 36 of the 38 official Serie A championships organized in Brazil since 1971.[31]

Year Position Participants Year Position Participants
1971 16 20 1981 11 44
1972 14 26 1982 5 44
1973 23 40 1983 18 44
1974 24 40 1984 1 41
1975 3 42 1985 22 44
1976 4 54 1986 6 48
1977 26 62 1987 7 16
1978 22 74 1988 3 24
1979 52 94 1989 15 22
1980 11 44 1990 15 20
Year Position Participants Year Position Participants
1991 4 20 2001 3 28
1992 14 20 2002 4 26
1993 28 32 2003 19 24
1994 15 24 2004 9 24
1995 4 24 2005 5 22
1996 23 24 2006 15 20
1997 25 26 2007 4 20
1998 Série B 2008 14 20
1999 Série C 2009 16 20
2000 3 25 2010 1 20
Year Position Participants Year Position Participants
2011 3 20
2012 1 20
2013 15 20


Companies that Fluminense Football Club currently has sponsorship deals with include:

  • Adidas – kit supplier since 1996.


Fans of Fluminense at the Maracanã
Fluminense luminous mosaic arises, by fans in Maracanã.

Highest attendances – Maracanã[32][edit]

  • 1. Fluminense 0–0 Flamengo, 1963 194,603 ¹
  • 2. Fluminense 3–2 Flamengo, 1969 171,599
  • 3. Fluminense 1–0 Botafogo, 1971 160,000
  • 4. Fluminense 0–0 Flamengo, 1976 155,116
  • 5. Fluminense 1–0 Flamengo, 1984 153,520
  • 6. Fluminense 1–1 Corinthians, 1976 146,043

¹: paying 177,656, a record of persons present at Maracanã stadium.

Highest means of public competition for Fluminense[edit]

  • Largest average attendance in the Copa Libertadores (RJ): 52,801 (49,011 pags., 2008)
  • Largest average attendance in the Copa Sudamericana (RJ): 29,357 (27,318 pags., 2009)
  • Largest average attendance in international tournaments (RJ): 48,797 (37,541 pags., Copa Rio, 1952)
  • Largest average attendance in national championships (RJ): 43,541 pags. (1976)
  • Largest average attendance in the Tournament Roberto Gomes Pedrosa (RJ): 40,408 pags. (1970)
  • Largest average attendance in the Brazil Cup (RJ): 27,123 pags. (2007)
  • Largest average attendance in the Rio-São Paulo Tournament (RJ): 33,018 pags. (1960)
  • Largest average attendance in the state championship: 47,814 pags. (1969, all stages)
  • Largest average attendance in the state championship in the Maracana Stadium: 93,560 pags. (1969, 10 Matches)


The supporters of Fluminense Football Club are usually related to the upper classes of Rio de Janeiro.[33] However, the popularity of the club reaches beyond the city limits. Recent polls have estimated the number of supporters to be between 1.3% and 3.7% of the Brazilian population.[34] Considering a population of 185 million people,[35] that would account for numbers between 2.73 and 6.84 million.

The best attendance ever observed in a match of Fluminense was registered on December 15, 1963 in a rally against Flamengo. On that day, an impressive amount of 194,000 people showed up at the Maracanã stadium.[36] This occasion remains as the stadium's record for a match between clubs.[37]

Notable supporters of Fluminense include composers Cartola and Chico Buarque,[38][39] FIFA president of honor João Havelange,[4] musician Ivan Lins,[40] poet and actor Mário Lago,[41] journalist and songwriter Nelson Motta[42] and dramatist, journalist and writer Nelson Rodrigues.,[42] 1970 FIFA World Cup winner Gérson, Paris Saint Germain's top defense player Thiago Silva, former Minister of Culture and international artist Gilberto Gil,[43] Silvio Santos, the owner of SBT, the second largest Brazilian television network,[44] and the Academy Award nomenee Fernanda Montenegro.[45]


Some of the trophies won by Fluminense, exhibited at the club: (left): Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Copa Rio amongst others; (right) The Copa do Brasil won in 2007.





  • Campeonato Carioca: (31) 1906, 1907¹, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1924, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1995, 2002, 2005, 2012

Fluminense main derbies[edit]

  • Fla-Flu, also called Derby of Crowds,[46] played with Flamengo;
  • Giants' Derby, played with Vasco;
  • Grandpa Derby ('Clássico Vovô'), played with Botafogo (name due to the fact that both are the oldest football teams in Rio de Janeiro);

According to the fluzao.info site, the average public paying the principal classics of Fluminense played in the Estádio do Maracanã is 60,107 against Flamengo, Vasco against the 43,735 of 34,359 against Botafogo of 25,127 against America and of 22,527 against Bangu, medium plus the public that these gifts could be about 20% higher, given the issues of the distribution of gratuities in the Maracanã .[47]

Corinthians vs Fluminense, the great Fluminense interstate derby

Considering the interstate clashes, the derby against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista is perhaps the most representative among the various confrontations with big Brazilian clubs played by Fluminense, given the fact that these clubs often intersect at decisive moments in their stories, either by the end Rio Cup, the direct contest in several Tournaments Rio-São Paulo since 1940, or by the qualifying rounds of the Championship or Cup of Brazil,[48][49] in the great struggle of the 2010 Série A when the two clubs contending for the title from the early stages of the championship with Corinthians been beaten for the Championship by Fluminense in the final round, as was the case in 2011, when Corinthians were crowned champions and the Tricolor, considered the best team during second round of the league, were placed third after the final match day.


Current squad[edit]

As of December 2014.[50]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Kléver
2 Brazil DF Igor Julião
3 Brazil DF Gum
5 Brazil MF Edson (on loan from São Bernardo)
6 Brazil DF Giovanni
7 Brazil MF Jean
9 Brazil FW Fred (captain)
10 Brazil MF Wágner
12 Brazil GK Diego Cavalieri
13 Brazil DF João Filipe (on loan from São Paulo)
14 Brazil DF Victor Oliveira
15 Brazil MF Rafinha
16 Brazil DF Renato
17 Brazil MF Luiz Fernando
18 Brazil FW Walter (on loan from F.C. Porto)
20 Brazil DF Guilherme Mattis
21 Brazil DF Henrique
No. Position Player
22 Brazil GK Júlio César
23 Brazil MF Marlone
24 Brazil MF Gerson
25 Brazil MF Vinícius
26 Brazil DF Guilherme Santos
27 Brazil FW Pablo Dyego
28 Brazil DF Fernando
29 Brazil FW Michael
30 Brazil FW Kenedy
31 Uruguay MF Bryan Olivera
32 Brazil FW Lucas
33 Brazil GK Marcos Felipe
34 Brazil MF Robert
35 Brazil DF Wellington Silva
36 Brazil DF Marlon
Brazil FW Marcos Júnior

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil DF Alan Fialho (on loan at Linense)
Brazil DF Elivelton (on loan at Nautico)
Brazil DF Wellington Carvalho (on loan at Ceará)
Brazil DF Ronan
Brazil MF Eduardo (on loan at Joinville EC)
Brazil MF Gustavo Scarpa (on loan at Red Bull Brasil)
Brazil MF Higor (on loan at Volta Redonda)
Brazil MF Marlon Freitas (on loan at United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Raphael Augusto (on loan at Bangu)
Brazil MF Willian (on loan at Sport)
Brazil FW Biro Biro (on loan at Ponte Preta)
Brazil FW Danilo Mariotto (on loan at Ukraine Volyn Lutsk)
Brazil FW Matheus Carvalho (on loan at France AS Monaco)
Brazil FW Samuel (on loan at Sport)
Brazil FW Stefano (on loan at United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers)

Reserve team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Hungary GK Dániel Kovács
Brazil DF Douglas
Brazil DF Ighort
Brazil DF Ikaro
Brazil DF Leonardo
Brazil DF Ygor Nogueira
Brazil MF Emerson
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Kassiano
Brazil MF Leandro Motta
Brazil MF Lucas Henrique
Brazil MF Lucas Patinho
Brazil FW Euller
Argentina FW Alejandro Martinuccio
Brazil FW Paulinho

First-team staff[edit]

As of Apr 12, 2014.
Position Name Nationality
Head coach Ricardo Drubscky  Brazilian
Assistant coach Marcão  Brazilian
Fitness coaches Flávio Vignoli  Brazilian
Jefferson Souza  Brazilian

Head coaches[edit]


Players with most appearances[edit]

Name Matches
Brazil Castilho 699
Brazil Pinheiro 603
Brazil Telê Santana 556
Brazil Altair 549
Brazil Escurinho 490
Brazil Rubens Galaxe 462
Brazil Denílson 433
Brazil Assis (Defender) 424
Brazil Waldo 403
10º Brazil Marcão (Midfielder) 397

Top goalscorers[edit]

Name Goals Years
Brazil Waldo 319 1954–1961
Brazil Orlando Pingo de Ouro 188 1945–1955
Brazil Telê Santana 165 1950–1961
Brazil Hércules 164 1935–1942
England Welfare 163 1913–1923
Russia Russo 149 1933–1944
Brazil Fred 148 2009–(03-29-2015)
Brazil Preguinho 128 1925–1939
Brazil Washington 124 1983–1989
10º Brazil Ézio 119 1991–1995

Coaches with most appearances[edit]

Name Matches
Brazil Zezé Moreira 467
Uruguay Ondino Viera 300
Brazil Abel Braga 202
Brazil Renato Gaúcho 178
Brazil Tim 166
Brazil Nelsinho Rosa 156
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira 146
Brazil Sylvio Pirillo 138
Brazil Luís Vinhaes 137
10º Brazil Paulo Emílio 126


  1. ^ Also known by its nickname Cariocão.
  2. ^ Also known by its nickname Brasileirão.


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